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Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Art, Blog, Christmas, Holidays |

Preschool Stained Glass Windows

Preschool Stained Glass Windows

This all started many years ago when I moved into a new classroom and found a box of unused tiles. Some were mosaic some were just 4×4 bathroom tile. I had no idea what to do with them so they sat for a long while. I thought maybe a mosaic or stepping stones for the playground, but they just sat collecting dust. Then one day I had some left over plywood from some other project and my idea started to take form.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  First I glued the tiles to the boards in interesting patterns. I used E6000 glue because the thing will need to hold up with moisture from lots of paint.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  We used rollers to apply paint. We used BioColor paints.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  Next we laid parchment paper over the tiles. We gently rubbed to insure the paper had collected all the paint.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  The great reveal!  Not the greatest pic but you get the idea.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows         Preschool Stained Glass   I cut the frames out of black poster board. I just cut them to fit and mounted them with tacky glue. Not many sunny days here (WNY)  in the winter but I’m sure they’ll look great with the sun shining through. They turned out better than I expected!




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Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Blog, Christmas, December Themes |

Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After

Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After

Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After

A very generous parent donated this cute playhouse to our class.

The playhouse stayed in the closet for a few days while we decided where and when to set it up. On the big day it hit me to assemble it inside out!

This is the story, all about how my life got flipped, turned inside out!

Life Size Gingerbread House  It was a little tricky at first. The instructions were clear enough but turning the folds in the opposite directions didn’t always make sense. I persisted and had it assembled in under an hour.

The Big Reveal
Gingerbread House    The big reveal! The children had a great time decorating this cute house. Hopefully it will hold up and we can use it again in the spring. The outer (now inside) is printed with butterflies and flowers. I saved the box so we can stash it for the long winter.

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Blog, Christmas, December Themes, Holidays |

Life Size Gingerbread House

Life Size Gingerbread House

Want a life size gingerbread house for your kids this Christmas?

This is a story all about how my life got flipped…turned inside out. lol

One of my preschooler’s generous parents gave us a playhouse like this.

So it stayed in the closet for few days while we decided where and how to set it up. On the big day it hit me to assemble it inside out! I put the thing together with the cute printed part on the inside so the out side is brown, like a real gingerbread house. It was a little tricky at first but remembering that all the folds go the opposite way got easier as I went along.

Life Size Gingerbread House

My previous post was all about our flat gingerbread house display. Those pics were actually last year’s project. This house arrived just in time that we hadn’t begun assembling that yet.

The decoration phase has begun. Gum drops and peppermint candies are ready. Next week we’ll also make marble paint candy canes, and spin art lollipops for our Gingerbread House.

In the mean time, while small groups are working on their decorations others will be inside the gingerbread house with crayons coloring in the preprinted pictures.

Not entirely confident but I’m hoping the house will hold up and be reusable next year.

Next post will be after pics! Stay tuned.

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Art, Blog, December Themes, Holidays |

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man!

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man!

No matter how fast you run you can’t catch the Gingerbread Man! We’re turning our classroom into a gingerbread classroom! I’ll keep updating as we go. This is part of out Christmas celebrations. We also celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa so watch out for those posts as well.

Begin with the traditional story book. Read other versions and have a discussion about the similarities and differences.

Gingerbread Men

  Raisins, buttons, ribbons, glitter, and a little “teacher glue” (tacky glue). Free pattern on Printables!

Gum Drops

        Free Pattern On Printables!


 You’ll need an old turntable or lazy Suzan. You might be able to use a spin art kit if you have one handy. These are just paper plates. You can do it without poking a hole in the middle just tape the plate to the turn table. Turn it on and let it spin. The kids can use 2 or 3 different colors of paint. When the paint is dry we add tongue depressor stick and wrap in cellophane.


Homemade Gingerbread Cookie Recipe.

Gingerbread House

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbreat Man  This is an for pic of our gingerbread house. This was achieved with paper plates cut around the edges. And boarder strips flipped to their white side. I’ll get an after shot when we’ve got it all together!

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man This is the beautiful 3D actual gingerbread house from Inner Child Fun we’re trying to copy.

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Autumn, Blog, Families, November Themes, Thanks Giving |

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving is an American tradition. Giving thanks is an important lesson for children to learn any time of year. At Thanksgiving it’s especially important. There are many ways to approach this lesson. First and foremost is modeling thankfulness for children and to use please and thank you throughout your interactions with them and others. Leading by example will take you far in this regard. Your children will begin to use these polite words when you show them that it’s expected.

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving For Healthy Foods

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving   Giving thanks on Thanksgiving with a horn of plenty. This cornucopia is something is fun to fill with pictures of healthy foods cut from old magazines. Older kids can cut out the foods they like. Look for the cornucopia pattern for Free on Printables!

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving   We made a chart to differentiate healthy from junk food.

Healthy foods in the cornucopia.

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving   Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving   Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving For Family

We have the parents send in family photos which we scrapbook onto an individual house patterens, one for each child. We hang the houses on a large bulletin board through December. Then we bind them into a book which becomes so popular the kids argue over who gets a turn with the family book! I can’t show you the book here because I won’t put the children’s pictures online.

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving   Three year olds told their their teacher about the people in their family. The teacher drew these pictures based on what the children told her about their families.

Giving Thanks For Thanksgiving  Each child chose paint to match their skin color, and made a handprint. Next teachers added facial features to each finger. Flesh tones of all shades can be achieved by starting with brown and adding white to lighten it until you have the desired tone. The song Where Is Thumbkin is perfect for this activity.

Giving Thanks For Thanksgiving   Our question of the day will be about our families. Do you have a brother? The names should rise from the bottom row so the children can clearly see which column has more.

Giving Thanks For Thanksgiving   The children in this class drew their own pictures of their families.

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving   You can find the folding pattern for this house on Nov. Preschool Themes. The pattern for this house is Free on Printables!

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

The first thing we do is talk about the feeling of thankfulness. We relate it to reccieving a gift. We teach the children to say thank you with words and American Sign Language.

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving  Every child gets a feather and dictates what or who they’re thankful for. You’ll find the pattern for these turkey feathers on Printables! for Free.


Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving    Painting With Feathers 2  And for open ended art the children paint with feathers, because you know feathers grow on turkeys!

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Autumn, Blog, Cooking With Kids, Farm |

Down On The Farm

Down On The Farm

Preschoolers of all ages have a great time with the Down On The Farm Theme. Sorting animals by type, cooking, fun songs and videos  are just a few of the activities for this week long theme. There might be enough material for two weeks.

Let’s start off with a fun song. On Our Way To Grandpa’s Farm

Next try Sleeping Cows. Can’t find a video so imagine… your children lie down and pretend to be sleeping while you sing 🎶 ” See The sleeping cows till it’s nearly noon come let us wake them with a merry tune.” 🎶 As the children wake up they make the cow sound. Play as long as you like just adding different animals. “See the sleeping pigs, kitties, penguins… whatever you want.  😉

Hay Stacks

While we’re making these we’re looking at this video of an old classic nursery rhyme Little Boy Blue

Each child gets a 6×6 piece of wax paper and a wooden craft stick. First melt butterscotch chips. Then pour in the chow mein noodles. Mix until the noodles are coated. Scoop into plastic soufflé cups. Allow to cool just a moment. Kids “mix” with the craft stick and turn the hay stacks out onto their wax paper. Enjoy!

  No product endorsements here. Store brands work fine!

  Melt your Butterscotch chips in the microwave or on the stove. Pour on your noodles stir and cool for just a few minutes.

Down On The Farm  Hey! Hay bails can be delivered by local nurseries. When it starts to go to sprout or get moldy you can spread it over your garden or playground.

Down On The Farm  The kids find many uses for the hay.

Animals Down On The Farm

Milking Cows

Down on The Farm Milking the Cows  We collected all the cows around our school to put in the milking bin. I filled a rubber glove with warm water and a few drops of white paint. I tied the top closed and poked a pin hole or two in a few of the fingers. The kids squeeze the glove to get the milk flowing.

Down On The Farm

What Grows Down On The Farm

Down On The Farm  Shucking the corn is fun and great for fine motor. This is cow corn.

Down On The Farm  The kids can glue the corn kernels onto a corn cob cut out or have them glue bits of torn tissue paper on instead. I’ve also seen this with hand prints cut out for the green husk.

Down On The Farm  Veggies growing in the soil in the sensory table. Kids can “harvest” the veggies and put them in the basket.

Play dough with Mr. Potato Head pieces. This would be cool on a day when you do potato printing, and/or potato planting

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

Down On The Farm    Down On The Farm  We started with three large squares and 3 large triangles, bits of hay, craft sticks, and paper “bricks”. Made 3 teams of children to build a house of straw, a house of sticks, and a house of bricks.

Down On The Farm Down On The Farm  The patterns for these masks are on Printables!

Down On The Farm  These are cute but the paint pealed of after it was dry. Needs some work – fail!

  Be a tree rubber and a tree hugger! Getting a bark rubbing is a great way to introduce texture words to young children. It’s also a great time to start talking about concervation.

Tractor Pull

Down On The Farm    These are fun activities to do with your toy tractors. First, tape a large piece of butcher paper onto a table. Next poor some brown or black paint in a tray. Have the kids dip the wheels in and drive around the table. What fun making tracks is! The second pic has brown paint mixed with equal parts shaving cream and glue. Driving tractors in the mud is so fun!

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